VCU, Virginia Tech find out opponents for first round of ESPN Events Invitational

VCU, Virginia Tech find out opponents for first round of ESPN Events Invitational

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VCU will face off with Iowa State, and Virginia Tech will face Boise State, on Thanksgiving in the opening round of the ESPN Events Invitational, the network revealed Tuesday.

The Rams and Cyclones, who both reached the NCAA Tournament last season, will tip off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23 on ESPN2 at State Farm Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

The Virginia Tech-Boise State game tips at 8 p.m.

The winners of those two games meet up in the next round, so, we could get a VCU-Tech game on Black Friday.

Possible matchups for the final round, to be played on Sunday, Nov. 26, include Final Four participant Florida Atlantic, Penn State, Texas A&M and Butler.

The entire tournament will be broadcast on ESPN’s family of networks.

Tickets for the tournament are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

Travel packages, which include a discounted rate at the Gaylord Palms Resort as well as transportation to/from the arena, will soon be available via Anthony Travel.

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ESPN Events Invitational – Nov. 23, 24 and 26

State Farm Field House (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando)

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Event Network
Thu, Nov. 23 Noon Penn State vs. Texas A&M ESPN
2:30 p.m. Florida Atlantic vs. Butler ESPN2
5:30 p.m. Iowa State vs. VCU ESPN2
8 p.m. Boise State vs. Virginia Tech ESPN2 or ESPNU
Fri, Nov. 24 11 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
1:30 p.m. Consolation Game #1 ESPN+
5:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
8 p.m. Consolation Game #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov. 26 10:30 a.m. Seventh Place Game ESPNU
1 p.m. Championship Game ESPN
4 p.m. Fifth Place Game ESPN2
6:30 p.m. Third Place Game ESPN2


Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page,